Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Epic Funtime



JUSTICE LEAGUE
ACTION/ADVENTURE

PLOT:    The origin of the team of the Justice League.

                Superman is dead and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) decides to collect of people with superpowers to stop the herald of Darkside, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) from retrieving the three Mother Boxes to destroy the world.   The superheroes are: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash, (Ezra Miller) Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).  For those who think this is the Dark Knight, it isn’t!!  It is a lighter tone.  The movie was much longer but the studio; Warner Brothers edited it to two hours.  It may feel rushed by it just may have been cut for time.  The team has great chemistry but the villain not so much.  Fans know who Steppenwolf is but many people do not.  The Flash and Aquaman are the highlights of the film.  They are heroic and humorous.  If you see this movie DO NOT rush out when the credits start rolling!  There are two post-credit scenes  you want to see.  Marvel films does this post-credits scenes all the time, but now DC is doing it . 

THE STAR
ANIMATED

PLOT:  The telling of first Christmas with animals.

              There have been many films of the first Christmas from the animal’s point of view but this is well-made and heartfelt.   Many celebrities used their voices to this film but what makes it good is that it is funny and the animals are cute.  It is for children as well as adults.  I believe it will be a classic years to come.  If you can, please watch it!!!

MARSHALL
BIOGRAPHY/DRAMA

PLOT:   A young and only lawyer of NAACP and one of his famous cases.

               Chadwick Boseman loves bio films.  He was baseball great Jackie Robinson and the Godfather of Soul James Brown now he plays Thurgood Marshall.  He is a young lawyer who helps black people trying to get a fair trial.  In one case a blonde upper class beauty Kate Hudson is attacked by a black man Sterling K. Brown.  Marshall and his assistant Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) who is his lawyers.  You figure out the outcome before the movie is over but the acting is excellent from all the leads.  Hudson and Gad known for comedy are fantastic.  The movie did not do very well in theaters but I hope in video for it is outstanding.  Actor Boseman will be in the highly anticipated movie Black Panther.

MURDER OF THE ORIENT EXPRESS
MYSTERY

PLOT:  Remake of 1974 film of the same name.

                Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is a retired detective boards a train and Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is murdered.  He solves it but it is a somber conclusion.  Branagh isn’t just an actor but a director and he is very good at it!  It is well made and beautiful to look at.    The cast is not just A-list in popularity but talent as well.   Judi Dench (M from the James Bond films), Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, John Wick), Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Gladiator) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The trailer seemed it would be lightweight-it wasn’t.  It is always welcome to see a good who dunnit in the midst of action packed superheroes.








Thursday, November 9, 2017

Storms, Deaths and Apocalypses



THOR RAGNAROK
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SUPERHERO

PLOT:  The third movie about the thunder god with the hammer.

                Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds out his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is pretending to be his father Odin and that he has a long lost sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) Goddess of Death and she wants to take over Asgard and portals him to a place where he becomes a gladiator against his ex-Avenger, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).  This is the funniest movie of the Thor series but considering the meaning of ragnarok means destruction is very strange.  It does have serious moments but mostly it is very amusing.  Hemsworth is also physically perfect as Thor and he is very funny.  Blanchett is excellent as Hela who wants to be queen or Asgard or Armageddon.   Huddleston as Loki is devious as always.  Idris Elba as Heimdall is strong, intense, and heroic and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie is tough but drinking warrior.

GEOSTORM
SCI-FI/DRAMA

PLOT:  The weather is unpredictable so a brilliant scientist creates a station in space to control the weather.

                Jack Lawson (Gerald Butler) is smart scientist who created Geostorm, a space station that controls the weather.  This is a disaster movie so you know someone tampers with the space station and the weather goes nuts!  Countries that are cold are hot, eruptions, lighting everything with the weather goes crazy.  Jack has to save the Earth.  Story is not the important thing about this movie but special effects and they are top-notch!    It is a popcorn movie in October.   It is a good movie if you like disaster movies. The film is not doing well and I believe the reason is the recent hurricanes are worst than ever. It is a little to real for the public right now.

HAPPY DEATH DAY
HORROR/COMEDY

PLOT:  Young woman relives her death over and over until she finds her murderer.


                Theresa nickname Tree (Jessica Rothe) is a college student who on her birthday gets a bizarre birthday gift she has to find the killer or she repeats different ways she gets murdered. She is not a good girl but a beautiful, self-centered bitch!  The strange thing is you cheer for her because throughout the movie she becomes a decent woman.  Rothe is very good funny and fierce as she is trying to solve her own killing.  The young, unknown cast is very good as well but the standout is actress Rachel Matthews as Danielle, a beauty who is more of a bitch than Tree.  It is an amusing slasher movie if there is such a thing.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Darker Action, Circles and Runners



AMERICAN ASSASSIN
ACTION/DRAMA

PLOT:  Young man sees his girlfriend killed by terrorist and joins a counter terrorism agency.

                Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’ Brien Teen Wolf, Maze Runner) loves his girlfriend and on their vacation asked her to marry him.  She says yes and then she is killed by a terrorist; he loses it and wants revenge and joins an agency to wipe out terrorist lead by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  He doesn’t follow the rules and makes his superior mad as hell.  It is your typical revenge spy movie but what is different many people don’t finish sentences because they are killed!  Three reasons you should see it; great action, many betrayals and Dylan O’Brien.

KINGSMAN 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:   The further adventures of Eggsy who is now a spy on his own.

                The Kingsman is very few now, his mentor Harry (Colin Firth) is supposedly dead and a new villain named Poppy (Julianne Moore) is rising as a cartel.  He finds help with the Statesmen, who are the Kingman’s American counterpart. Talented Jeff Bridges is their leader Channing Tatum is also part of the group but who stand out is Whiskey (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones) who can handle a gun and a laser whip with ease.  I do hope he receives more parts.  Before you watch the sequel watch the first movie over again for they do reference from the original.  The action is great along with the humor.  It is not as good as the first one but not bad either.

BLADE RUNNER 2049
DRAMA SCI-FI MYSTERY

PLOT:  The sequel to the cult classic.
               

                The year is 2049 and K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner officer which takes down old replicas (old cyborgs).  He finds out that Rick Detard (Harrison Ford) had a child with a replica, Rachel (Sean Young.) and assumed destroyed it.  Philip K Dick is the sci-fi writer of the original but the film is so bleak and somber is there hope for humans and replicas in the future.  The movie is not action-packed so don’t expect it.  It is slooow so fast-pace it is not.  It is either brilliant or boring.  You shouldn’t have to pay good money to find out.  If you like the first Blade Runner it is more of the same; if not don’t bother.

Monday, September 18, 2017

It Came from Annabelle's Dark Tower



VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
FANTASY/ACTION

PLOT:  A visual epic adventure.

                This movie is hard to describe but it is a beautiful looking film.  Major Valerian (Dane DeHann, Chronicle, and Amazing Spiderman 2) and his partner Sergeant Laureline (Cara Delevinge, Suicide Squad) are agents who get involved with a perfect planet that may or not be extinct.  It is based on comic books in France in the 70s.  DeHann doesn’t look like the hero type for the film and Delevinge is always tough. They are like two teenagers in space suits instead of talented operatives.  Singer Rihianna is great as Bubble, an artist who is really fantasy stripper.  Commander (Clive Owen, Shoot ‘Em Up) is interesting but his hi-tech robots are even better!  It is lovely but empty.  If you can wait for video-wait.

IT: CHAPTER ONE
HORROR

PLOT:    An evil being shaped like a clown comes to a town every 27 years in Derry, Maine.

                Stephen King wrote this novel in 1986 and was turned into a scary mini-series in 1990. Mini-series was popular at that time but a horror mini-series was very rare.  Now they have made a movie about Pennywise, (Bill Skarsgard) the Dancing Clown.  The movie and the mini-series still don’t tell the entire story of this thing called IT.  If you are very interested read the book.  Skarsgard’s Pennywise is CREEPY!  His wicked presence is felt through the movie.  He doesn’t talk much but what he does to scary the kids is just awful.  The seven kids are very brave, funny and a few curse a lot.  It has made much money so that means sequel and in the sequel they are adults.
  
DETROIT
CRIME DRAMA

PLOT:    The true story of a hotel incident in 1967 in Detroit where cops killed black men.

                Detroit in 1967 was a tense place to be if you were black.  Curfew at nine black folks scared of cops.  The movie is very hard to sit through for you see mostly white racist police humiliating black men and women.   The acting is very good. Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow can’t get a break.  She won the Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker but even winning the award it still didn’t make any money and this movie didn’t either.  Whites are tired of being the bad guys and black people are tired of being victims.  The film is worth watching for after 50 years to some there is little change.

THE DARK TOWER
ACTION/SCI-FI/WESTERN

PLOT:  Young man draws people from other worlds.

                The film is based on the popular books from popular horror author Stephen King.  Jake(Tom Tyler) draws people from other worlds and family and friends thinks he is mentally ill.  He comes to realize there is another world besides the one he lives in and Walter a.k.a. Man in Black (Mathew McConaughey) is after him for he can destroy the dark tower in that world and he can take over our universe.  The only person that can stop him is Roland a.k.a. Gunslinger (Idris Elba) who can load his guns as fast as he can shoot them.  The movie could have easily been an episode of Dr. Who.  The action is great.  I believe the books are much better than the movie.  The back story of the film is more interesting, it was suppose to be a movie then a limited (mini-series) then back to a film.  I believe it would have been a better mini-series on Netflix. 

ANNABELLE: CREATION
HORROR

PLOT:  The origin of the doll Annabelle.

The film tells the story of how the doll became evil.  It is sloooow but when it does start to move it does move!  It makes sense to the fans that saw Annabelle.  A doll maker loses their daughter in an accident and he designs the doll in her imagine but supernatural lurks in their scary house.  Many things don’t make a lot of logic but if you like these kinds of movies go.  Stay for the post credit for it shows the “creepy nun.” 

HITMAN’S BODYGUARD
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:    A top bodyguard has to protect an assassin so a dictator will go to prison.

                OMG!!  The concept is crazy and the cast is great.  It stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) who has to protect Samuel L. Jackson (who is in every other movie) a hitman.  The action sequences are amazing-almost cartoonish but fun.  Jackson and Reynolds curse a lot and they each have many flashbacks about their lives.  The lovely Salma Hayek is Jackson’s wife and Elodie Yung (Gods of Egypt, Electra in Daredevil) is Reynolds girlfriend.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Summer WrapUp Pt2



WAR OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SCI-FI

PLOT:    The third movie of the series.

                The virus is spreading for the humans and they are turning into voiceless animals while the apes are becoming more intelligent.  Caesar is trying to remain neutral and peaceful but the Colonel (Woody Harrison) thinks that apes must be killed at any cost.  Caesar wants revenge at any cost and it ends in an explosive conclusion.  This is the best film franchise I have ever seen!  I don’t really like the old Planet of the Apes series but I like this.  There are a lot of subtitles only because many apes use sign language but when the action does come it is fast and furious!  If you liked the last two you will enjoy this one and it might be the last one.
  
BABY DRIVER
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:    Young, talented getaway driver wants out.

                This film is like teen Transporter and a 109 minute MTV video!   Baby (Ansel Elgort, Divergent) a young man who can drive a car is in debt with crime boss Doc ( Kevin Spacey) and he thinks he does one last job and he is done.  Doesn’t happen then things get more complicated when he falls in love with Debora (Lily James Pride Prejudice and Zombies) who works at a diner.  Bats (Jamie Fox) is a crazy criminal and Jon Ham (Mad Men) becomes a driven killer. It is very stylized crime drama with a great soundtrack.  If you want something different this movie is it!

ATOMIC BLONDE
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:    A MI6 must find “The List” at any cost.
               
                Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is a spy and she has to use her intelligence, her seduction and fighting skills to retrieve a microfilm with a list of spies.  Plot is not important but style and action is!  Theron could be the female James Bond!  The fight sequences are AMAZING.  She can give a beating and take a beating as well.  David Percival (James McAvoy, Split) is always good as an ally to Lorraine and the underrated but talented John Goodman (Kong Skull Island) as Emmett Kurzfeld, a CIA agent working with MI6.  It is not as action-packed as the trailer but when the action does come it is fast and brutal!  It is good but not good as the trailer!

GIRLS TRIP
COMEDY

PLOT:  Four successful black women go to New Orleans to have fun.

                The fabulous four Sasha (Queen Latifah), Ryan (Regina Hall), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) have marital problems, financial problems, man problems so they decide to go to Essence Music Festival to relive old, good times.  It is Bridesmaids dipped in chocolate!  It is funny, outrageous, raunchy and at times so poignant.  All the leading ladies are great but Haddish stands out as foul mouth, loyal fun-loving woman.  You have seen this all before but never by African-American females.  If you like this kind of movie you should see it.!